Front view of the main mandapam and stone ratham, Chennakesavasvami Temple, Sompalle, Madanapalle taluk, Cuddapah district
Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the main mandapam and stone ratham of the Chennakesavasvami Temple at Sompalle, Cuddapah district, taken by a photographer of the Archaeological Survey of India around 1900-01. This Hindu temple was built in the 16th century during the Vijayanagara period. In front of the unfinished pyramidal tower of the gateway stands a monolithic lamp-column 18 metres high. Its shaft is carved with scrollwork motif. The interior of the temple is very ornate. The columns of the porch or mandapa that stands before the shrine are richly carved with figures of divinities and the brackets have pendant buds. The pavilion is overhung by a double-curved eave. The beams have painted medallions and friezes. behind the mandapa stand a stone ratha or chariot.